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by Guro Taku
Yesterday, 11:39
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1727

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

Just realized that this will be a UK/US/CAN release, which indicates that Synapse no longer owns the US rights. Makes sense since they released it on DVD 10+ years ago and explains why they let go of their extras for the film.
by Guro Taku
23 Jun 2018, 12:37
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1727

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

Did the Toei DVD really use a different scan than the Synapse one? If so, you're probably right but Arrow may be able to use Synapse's transfer as well, seeing how they must have made some sort of deal with them for all their extras.
by Guro Taku
23 Jun 2018, 08:36
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: The Teruo Ishii thread
Replies: 23
Views: 1727

Re: The Teruo Ishii thread

Holy Shit is the correct response. I appreciate that they are porting over all the extras from the Synapse release in addition to their own new content. Kind of doubt that this will indeed be a "brand new 2K restoration" though since Synapse already scanned it in HD in 2007.
by Guro Taku
26 May 2018, 12:03
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 408
Views: 318363

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Arrow Video have finally announced a new Toei/Fukasaku release and it's not the much-speculated upon Hokuriku Proxy War or Wolves, Pigs & Men but rather STREET MOBSTER 現代やくざ 人斬り与太 (1972).

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Release date is August 7th.
by Guro Taku
20 May 2018, 11:40
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9629
Views: 540500

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Muse (Spain, 2017) BD - 2.5/5
Occasionally hilarious occult horror film about the Muses who aren't nice at all but actually kill people by whispering poetry. I'll say it must've taken some guts to make a film with such an absurd premise and play it straight.
by Guro Taku
19 May 2018, 17:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4308
Views: 369039

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Cure (キュア) (Japan, 1997) BD - 4/5
I can't say I care too much about director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's current output but he was absolutely on fire in the late 90ies. This slow-burn horror thriller just oozes atmosphere and is among his best works.
by Guro Taku
19 May 2018, 17:02
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9629
Views: 540500

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Big Trouble in Little China (USA, 1986) - 2.5/5 Always put this one off because I thought it looked silly. And so it is. Some cool scenes, though. I had more fun with the 10 minute Carpenter interview in the extras where he's gloriously grumpy and not giving a single fuck, sharing his heartfelt opi...
by Guro Taku
13 May 2018, 10:54
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Violence Voyager (Ujicha, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Violence Voyager (Ujicha, 2018)

From the demented mind of Ujicha, director of 2014's BURNING BUDDHA MAN comes VIOLENCE VOYAGER and here's a first trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3LlYTMB6t4 Bobby and Akkun look for a secret base. They happen to find a mysterious amusement park, but someone attacks them suddenly and they g...
by Guro Taku
11 May 2018, 15:13
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Sion Sono
Replies: 103
Views: 73190

Re: Sion Sono

http://i65.tinypic.com/350uk2s.jpg Could he have been talking about PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, the film that'll see him team up with Nicholas Cage and which is currently being pre-sold at Cannes? Ghostland, penned by Aaron Hendry and Safai, centers on notorious criminal Hero (Cage) who is sent to ...
by Guro Taku
05 May 2018, 14:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9629
Views: 540500

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Downrange (USA, 2017) DCP 3/5 Ryuhei Kitamura's new English language film is very much a single-location flick with no story other than kids get trapped in the middle of nowhere and have to try to outwit a deranged shooter. The car crash is the first thing that happens, then there's a few minutes f...
by Guro Taku
05 May 2018, 13:59
Forum: Cinema & Rumours
Topic: Downrange (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Downrange (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2017)

The trailer is a very accurate representation of the film you get. It's very much a single-location flick with no story other than kids get trapped in the middle of nowhere and have to try to outwit a deranged shooter. The car crash is the first thing that happens, then there's a few minutes for cha...
by Guro Taku
03 May 2018, 13:18
Forum: Cinema & Rumours
Topic: Downrange (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Downrange (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2017)

I'll be seeing this tomorrow at a festival. In the meantime, here's a poster:

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by Guro Taku
01 May 2018, 13:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9629
Views: 540500

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

A Quiet Place (USA, 2018) DCP 2.5/5 Surprisingly good big-studio horror flick that takes a simple premise and does some cool things with it. A small child getting killed in the first couple minutes and some other parts had me a little surprised later on when I found out this was a PG-13 in the US. ...
by Guro Taku
26 Apr 2018, 13:27
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 584
Views: 441365

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Slave Wife (奴隷妻) (Japan, 1976) [VoD] - 3/5 Kimono wearing wife Naomi Tani is assaulted by hilariously over the top American G.I.s before being abducted by bitter former servant Akira Takahashi. Tolerable direction and focused storyline, effective cross cutting between present and past, unexpected e...
by Guro Taku
20 Apr 2018, 09:34
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 584
Views: 441365

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

The nipple censorship notwithstanding these covers are a significant improvement over the eyesores that have previously passed as Happinet covers.
by Guro Taku
13 Apr 2018, 19:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4308
Views: 369039

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The irony is that Yakuza Apocalypse and Fury Road opened in Japan on the same day... and of course's Hardy's film wiped the floor with Yakuza Apocalypse. Another fun connection is that former Miike regular Riki Takeuchi dubbed Immortan Joe in the Japanese version of FURY ROAD. http://i67.tinypic.co...
by Guro Taku
07 Apr 2018, 14:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4308
Views: 369039

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Bonded by Sorrow / Rapist / Wanted: For Forced Entry (犯る男) 2016 DVD 3/5 Daisuke Yamanouchi has had a rough millennium so far. Having come to international attention with a couple late-90ies splatter flicks (RED ROOM, MUZAN E, GIRL HELL 1999) he's spent the last 20 years directing anything from TV e...
by Guro Taku
31 Mar 2018, 08:23
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Junk Head (Takahide Hori, 2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Junk Head (Takahide Hori, 2017)

A glowing recent review states that the film is currently unreleasable outside of the festival circuit due to rights issues, which strikes me as bizarre considering it was all made by a singe dude over 7 years. Unfortunately, if you don't have a chance to see Junk Head at a festival, you basically j...
by Guro Taku
31 Mar 2018, 08:21
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Roman Porno Reboot (Sono, Nakata, Shiota, Yukisada, Shiraishi) (2016)
Replies: 47
Views: 9090

Re: Roman Porno Reboot (Sono, Nakata, Shiota, Yukisada, Shiraishi) (2016)

Edko Video released DAWN OF THE FELINES on March 29th. All 5 filmes of the reboot have now gotten English subtitled DVDs in Hong Kong.

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by Guro Taku
31 Mar 2018, 08:16
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: As the Gods Will (Takashi Miike, 2014)
Replies: 9
Views: 4013

Re: As the Gods Will (Takashi Miike, 2014)

I thought this film was dogshit and one of the worst things Miike has ever put his name on but in case anybody was waiting until now for an English friendly BD release, Funimation is putting out a combo on June 5th:

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by Guro Taku
25 Mar 2018, 15:03
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Scissor Dick (Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Scissor Dick (Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2018)

http://i68.tinypic.com/mr0yh.jpg Naoyuki Tomomatsu's new film will have its world premiere as part of the Toyko Thunderbolt Filmfestival on April 7th. I followed this thing's production pretty extensively via Tomomatsu's twitter and there really wasn't any aspect that wasn't entertaining. The produ...
by Guro Taku
25 Mar 2018, 09:53
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Japanese cult cinema thread
Replies: 408
Views: 318363

Re: Japanese cult cinema thread

Arguably one of the few anime titles to deserve inclusion in this thread, Toyoo Ashida's FIST OF THE NORTH STAR 劇場版 世紀末救世主伝説 北斗の拳 (1986) is getting its world premiere on BD from Discotek Media May 29th. http://i64.tinypic.com/20z9rg3.jpg As expected, this will be the exact same master that Toei prep...
by Guro Taku
24 Mar 2018, 16:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4308
Views: 369039

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Creepy Hide & Seek ひとりかくれんぼ よみがえり遊び (2016) DVD 2/5 First (and, so far, only) narrative film by Kaoru Adachi, who previously contributed to FACES OF DEATH 4, the similar Japanese series DEATH FILES and bucketfuls of bizarre fetish porn. This one here is very tame considering his resume. Three girls ...
by Guro Taku
19 Mar 2018, 14:47
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)
Replies: 584
Views: 441365

Re: Classic Japanese Exploitation (pinky violence & pink)

Synapse/Impulse Pictures is doubling down on the women-in-prison pinku with the May 27th release of Koyu Ohara's FEMALE PRISONER 101: SUCK 女囚101 しゃぶる (1977) starring Naomi Tani. I think this is actually the second film in the FEMALE PRISONER 101 series, as Isao Hayashi's 女囚101 性感地獄 dates from 1976. ...